Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Public vote to name new Hampshire town

A new housing development
Image caption Fareham Borough Council released a picture showing the kind of development it wants

A public poll will be held to decide the name of a new Hampshire town.

Fareham Borough Council is planning a new 7,000-home town on greenfield land north of the M27.

It has chosen three possible names, each with a "close historical connection" to the local area: Spurlings, Swansdell and Welborne.

A variety of voting methods are available and polling will finish on 31 March, with the winning name announced on 15 April.

  • The name Spurlings is marked on the 1879 Ordnance Survey map. Today, there is a Spurlings Road north of the M27 at Junction 11.
  • Swans Dell Cottage was occupied in 1841 by the gamekeeper of Roche Court and a labourer John Stares, and was also on the 1879 Ordnance Survey map.
  • Welborne relates to fields immediately north of Kiln Road and south of Kneller Court.

The council's executive leader, Seán Woodward, said: "The identity of the new community is important and the name is obviously a critical part of that."

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